The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review

The new US nuclear posture review calls for the modernisation of US nuclear weapons systems and expanded nuclear options. The latter would most controversially include low-yield nuclear weapons, which could lower the nuclear threshold.

The Russian–Turkish rapprochement

Russia–Turkey relations have recently swung from comprehensive discord to wide-ranging cooperation. But their rapprochement remains far from a strategic partnership.

Washington’s incoherent climate policy

US President Donald Trump's reversal of long-standing American climate policy would intensify perceptions that the United States has abdicated global leadership.

Trump’s Jerusalem move

The Trump administration's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem is unlikely to lead to promising Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on the final status of the Palestinian territories.

China’s evolving role in African security

China’s engagement in Africa is increasingly defined by its role in bolstering peace and security. But these outcomes will depend substantially on Beijing's wider strategic outlook.

The wider implications of Zapad 2017

Russia's Zapad 2017 exercise conveyed Moscow's determination to re-establish its sphere of influence in the face of NATO’s perceived expansionism.

Security implications of NAFTA’s disruption

US President Donald Trump's ongoing threats to overhaul or repudiate NAFTA have increased tensions with Mexico and engendered defence cooperations.

Humanitarian implications of armed conflict in cities

The Syrian civil war and the military campaign against the Islamic State have prompted a major reconsideration of responses to armed conflict in cities, in terms of both emergency humanitarian action and longer-term policies for security, rehabilitation and development.